Dementia Care in Grandville, MI
Learn more about the dementia care available for seniors in the Grandville area.
There are no stages of dementia that are easy on the senior or their family. That said, mid-to-late stage dementia presents many unique challenges and behavior problems with which family caregivers struggle to cope. Among the most common of these challenges are outbursts of anger, paranoia, sudden aggression, hurtful speech, and oppositional behavior. Unlike a list of possible side-effects associated with most medications, this terrible list does not impact the one percent, instead, these challenges are the norm.
Perhaps the greatest difficulty family caregivers are faced with is how to communicate with their senior loved one, especially when they are in the midst of a meltdown. It is easy for caregivers to forget that the outbursts are simply a manifestation of the disease and not a personal reaction from the senior. They don't understand why their loved one is acting or behaving the way they are, do not know what to say, and are unsure of how to effectively de-escalate the situation.
Grandville Dementia Care
Comfort Keepers caregivers are specially trained to care for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In addition to providing professional care and support, caregivers can provide emotional support to family caregivers as well as helpful training.
For example, one of the most difficult things to do is walk away from the senior when they are being aggressive, abusive, and demeaning. Yet, if the senior is safe, the most effective reaction is to give the senior their space. Confrontation, physical touch, or an attempt to reason with them typically results in escalation or even violence. Once the senior is given their space, attempt to calmly identify the source of the senior's agitation. Usually, there is a cause for the outburst, even if it does not make rational sense. Do they need to go to the bathroom? Are they in pain? Is there too much noise? Are they hungry or thirsty? A dementia care professional can be a great resource when learning to work through this process.
Comfort Keepers offers dementia care and Alzheimer's support from a few hours a week up to full-time, 24-hour care, 365 days a year. Best of all, this support is offered in the senior's own home so they do not need to relocate to a memory care facility or nursing home. To learn more about how Comfort Keepers dementia care and Alzheimer's care can help your senior loved one maximize their independence, freedom, and quality of life while providing peace of mind to family caregivers, contact a senior care coordinator today.